Pin It
Favorite

Roky Erickson 

Making his debut in 1966 at only 19 years old, Roky Erickson, then frontman of psychedelic pioneers and garage-rock proto-punks 13th Floor Elevators, had not yet begun his decades-long downward spiral. After he was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1968, Erickson received electroconvulsive therapy, and in 1969, he pleaded insanity to avoid a 10-year sentence for marijuana possession. His stint at Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane until 1972 included more shock therapy, and musical output following his release reflected an intense, warped and terrifying psyche. Aliens and demons possessed his brain, he claimed, transforming his songs from science fiction rock 'n' roll into harrowing personal portraits. This April, the fragile, rehabilitated 62-year-old releases his first album in more than 14 years (True Love Cast Out All Evil, Anti-). Producer Will Scheff of Austin rockers (and Erickson's backing band) Okkervil River trimmed a collection of more than 60 unreleased songs spanning Erickson's career. It's not a comeback record, nor a greatest hits, but a catalogue rescued from years of mental hell. Rock City Morgue opens. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. — Alex Woodward

<p>Roky Erickson

10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

click to enlarge mus_rec-1.jpg

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Pin It
Favorite

Speaking of Roky Erickson

Submit an event

Latest in Music Previews

Readers also liked…

Spotlight Events

  • Spoon, Mondo Cozmo @ House of Blues
    225 Decatur St. http://www.houseofblues.com/neworleans/restaurant

    • Tue., Oct. 17, 8:30 p.m.
  • Lil Yachty @ Joy Theater
    1200 Canal St. http://www.thejoytheater.com

    • Thu., Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
  • Dinner, BABES, Crush Diamond @ Circle Bar
    1032 St. Charles Ave. http://www.circlebarneworleans.com

    • Sat., Oct. 21, 10 p.m.
  • Brian Haas, Annie Ellicott, Noelle Tannen @ SideBar
    611 S. White St.

    • Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23

© 2017 Gambit
Powered by Foundation